Patrick Rood

The weather has been up and down for the last couple of months from winds and rain to extreme cold then back to sunny and in the seventies. With this being said it

has caused the fish to bounce back and forth from different patterns. The bite has been good through out all the different

conditions but I have found that when the water temps drop drastically start a little later I the morning . This later start is allowing the sun time to warm up the flats enough to get the fish chewing. The water level is still higher than usual for this time of year which I believe is why we are not seeing the large schools redfish that we are use to this time of year. fish have been schooled in smaller numbers from five to forty through out Mosquito Lagoon. They have been eating several

baits both artificial and live . My go to bait has been the ADL spoon or a soft plastic in a shrimp pattern. Look in the white sand holes that are holding bait and

you will find not only red fish but also pods of trout. the trout bite has also been good through out the lagoon system catching not only quantity but also

quality . Baits of choice have been twitch baits and soft plastics along with live finger mullet and live shrimp. We have also seen some large schools

of black drum in the middle and south part of Mosquito Lagoon ranging from five pounds to forty pounds. The bait of choice has been a live shrimp for these guys along with broken crab. The New Smyrna

and Daytona Beach area has had some good numbers of flounder holding on the mud and sand bars. I have caught them several ways from bouncing a ADL spoon slowly

along the bottom to shrimp and soft plastics on a jig head they have been pretty hungry even taking an ocasional mullet off the top.

Good luck and be safe.

Capt Patrick Rood


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Patrick Rood

About The Author: Captain Patrick Rood

Company: Spot N Tail Charters

Area Reporting: Mosquito Lagoon,Daytona Bch,New Smyrna Bch

Bio: Captain Patrick Rood is a native Floridian that has grown up on the local waters of Mosquito Lagoon, Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach with the passion for inshore fishing. He is sponsored by Power Pole, Maverick Boat Company, Costa Del Mar Sunglasses , Castaway Rods , Motorguide Trolling Motors and Aqua Dream Lures. With the help of these great sponsors he has traveled the state of Florida fishing many redfish tournaments. He has taken the experiences learned while fishing these tournaments in locations such as Boca Grande, Englewood, Jacksonville,and St. Augustine, FL and used them everyday while guiding on the waters of east central FL with his clients. He takes pride in teaching and showing you an experience on the water that you will never forget. Whether you are fishing the structure at night for snook in New Smyrna or sight fishing tailing redfish in Mosquito Lagoon he will make it a trip of a lifetime.

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